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FORTVILLE — “Peat.”

It’s been the rallying cry for the New Palestine boys’ tennis team all season. After winning three sectional titles from 2008-10, the Dragons failed to even qualify for the championship round in 2011, bowing out in the semifinals 3-2 to eventual champion Mt. Vernon.

Thus, the goal this season was to start a new streak, instead of repeating as they had in recent years.

With a peak performance, NP got the job done.

New Palestine outlasted Greenfield-Central 4-1 in the sectional finals Friday evening at Mt. Vernon. They advance to Tuesday’s regional at North Central against Lawrence North, who bested Heritage Christian 5-0.

“We’ve got a lot of guys working hard during the offseason, taking lessons from club pros and they’re improving,” said NP coach Chris Hardin, who earned his 100th victory earlier this month.

On Thursday, Hardin’s squad advanced to the finals by topping Mt. Vernon 3-2. G-C moved on by defeating Eastern Hancock 4-1.

Friday, the Dragons (14-3) got off to a hot start, but then had to halt a spirited rally by the Cougars (18-6). They did just that, with help from the smallest player on the hard court.

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